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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26683

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

This is typical Giovanni puzzle with very precise clueing and smooth surfaces. It’s hard enough to make you think (but not as much of a stretch as yesterday’s). Let us know how you got on in a comment.
My good wishes for the Welsh rugby team obviously did the trick last week so let’s hope for more of the same tomorrow morning so that we reach the final (wouldn’t that be worth celebrating!). Here’s something stirring to get you in the mood for the big match:

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Across Clues

1a  Kitchen items subsequently put into containers (5,5)
{PLATE RACKS} – put an adverb meaning subsequently inside the sort of containers used for cigarettes, for example, to make items you’d find in a kitchen.

6a  Smoother line of soldiers (4)
{FILE} – double definition – smoother being “something that smooths”.

8a  Dependability of old hat I used in part of farm (8)
{SOLIDITY} – the quality of dependability or sturdiness comes from inserting O(ld), an informal word for a hat or crash helmet and I inside a farm building.

9a  Number classically participating in excursion (6)
{NINETY} – the Roman (classically) way of writing this number is hidden (participating) in the clue.

10a  PM has no hesitation going round pub — it adds a bit of spice (8)
{CINNAMON} – it’s the name of our current PM (Dave himself) that we want here. Remove the letters signifying hesitation from his name and put what remains round a synonym of pub to make an aromatic spice.

11a  Like many a church notice across, say, Ireland? (6)
{AISLED} – this is a beautifully smooth clue requiring a “lift and separate”, with the definition being “like many a church”. Put the abbreviation for a notice or poster around (across) what Ireland is an example of (say).

12a  One’s sworn at husband, wanting love primarily (4)
{OATH} – something that’s sworn is built from AT and H(usband) with the letter used for zero or love (as in tennis) first (primarily).

14a  Doctor needing a part of a big house for recreational activity? (7)
{DRAWING} – one of the abbreviations for doctor is followed by A and a section of a large house to make a recreational activity.

18a  Soldiers getting punished to become improved (7)
{REFINED} – join together the abbreviation for the Royal Engineers (soldiers) and punished (in a way that hits your pocket).

20a  Jane providing song for us to hear (4)
{EYRE} – the surname of Charlotte Bronte’s heroine sounds like (for us to hear) a synonym of song.

23a  Patient finally given anaesthetic — it’ll ensure lack of movement (6)
{TETHER} – something to stop an animal wandering off is made from the last letter (finally) of (patien)T followed by an anaesthetic.

24a  A lethal weapon, racism — terrible — it must be curbed (8)
{SCIMITAR} – the lethal weapon is a short sword with a curved blade. It’s an anagram (terrible) of RACISM around (must be curbed) IT.

25a  Shrub is hidden behind seaside building (6)
{PIERIS} – I’ve never heard of this evergreen shrub which is native to North America and Asia but the wordplay is straightforward. IS follows (hidden behind) a structure found at many seaside resorts.

26a  Somehow detain this writer coming in — there’s a medical disorder (8)
{DEMENTIA} – an anagram (somehow) of DETAIN includes how the writer would refer to himself.

27a  Plant that’s isolated deprived of nitrogen (4)
{ALOE} – remove the chemical symbol for nitrogen from an adjective meaning isolated or solitary to leave a plant, the juice from which can be used in a strong laxative.

28a  Artist holy and unconventional when covering conflict (4,6)
{ANDY WARHOL} – this twentieth century American artist and film maker is an anagram (unconventional) of HOLY AND around (covering) a synonym for conflict.

Down Clues

1d  Job given to character to provide a means of communication (8)
{POSTCARD} – this means of sending greetings is a charade of a job and an odd or amusing character.

2d  Heather, initially very good, is not very well (6)
{AILING} – if you see heather in a crossword clue there’s a good chance that you want either ling or erica. It’s the first here – precede it (initially) with an abbreviation meaning very good.

3d  Make beloved stop with ‘Attention!’ (6)
{ENDEAR} – a verb meaning to cause to be loved is a charade of a synonym for stop and a metaphor for attention (as used in Shakespeare’s version of Mark Antony’s eulogy for Julius Caesar).

4d  A new religious study, not English, in multi-author book? (9)
{ANTHOLOGY} – a published book of pieces (often poems) by various authors is constructed from A, N(ew) and the study of religion without its E(nglish).

5d  Sit outside in fine weather — ashen but changing? (8)
{SUNBATHE} – a beautifully constructed clue which is a semi all-in-one. It’s an anagram (changing) of ASHEN BUT. Well, you didn’t expect me to show a picture of an old scrote, did you?

6d  Chinese system that could involve fine hugs (4,4)
{FENG SHUI} – an anagram (could involve) of FINE HUGS is a Chinese system of laws relating to spatial arrangement taking into account the flow of energy, used in the design and fitting out of buildings.

7d  ‘I need time to think’ is what one buried in the crowd may say (3,2,3)
{LET ME SEE} – a phrase that you might use when you’re thinking about what to say next is also what someone (especially if vertically challenged) may cry when hemmed in by a large crowd of people.

13d  Come to end of line in attempt to expose infidelity (9)
{TREACHERY} – the definition here is infidelity. A verb meaning to come to or arrive at and the last letter (end) of (lin)E go inside an attempt.

15d  Group of soldier laid up — rest could be this (8)
{REMEDIAL} – start with the army group involved in electrical and mechanical engineering and follow this with a reversal (up, in a down clue) of LAID to make an adjective describing the curative effects of rest. The clue does work with soldier in the singular but I presume that it was meant to have an S.

16d  Who rears unexpectedly? I’d better not, in battle (8)
{WARHORSE} – an anagram (unexpectedly) of WHO REARS.

17d  One topless garment associated with popular music somewhere in America (8)
{NEBRASKA} – it’s not the garment that’s topless but the (o)NE. Follow this with a woman’s support garment and a type of fast popular music originally from Jamaica. The result is a state (somewhere in America).

19d  One stuck in Orlando wandering about — it’s really dead! (8)
{DOORNAIL} – this is what something totally dead may be compared to (the simile was used as far back as around 1360 in William Langland’s narrative poem Piers Plowman). It’s an anagram (wandering about) of ORLANDO with I (one in Roman numerals) inside.

21d  Primitive life form to be gobbled up by a bird once (6)
{AMOEBA} – to get this primitive life form insert (gobbled) and reverse (up, in a down clue) BE in A and a large extinct flightless bird once found in New Zealand.

22d  Little son, someone really small, a bit of a pain (6)
{STITCH} – a bit of a pain in the side (normally brought on by strenuous exercise) comes from an abbreviated (little) S(on) followed by an informal word for a small person.

My favourite clues today were 10a, 11a, 5d and 13d. How about you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {BUOY} + {BANNED} = {BOY BAND}

29 comments on “DT 26683

  1. Another fun offering from Giovanni. Enjoyed most of the clues and particularly enjoyed Gazza’s little clip at the top of the page. I’ll be there watching as per usual, about time Wales got a start time later than 6 in the morning – been causing me to loose sleep at weekends over the last few months.

  2. Hi Gazza – I’m stuck on 9a. I know what the answer has to be but don’t follow your hint. Could you explain further please? Sorry for being thick! Come on Wales – quite literally the land of my father!

  3. A most enjoyable puzzle. 9a had me confused for a while, otherwise fairly straightforward today.
    Thanks to Giovanni for the puzzle, and to gazza for the write up (even if he did pinch one of BD’s pictures from last Sunday!) :)

    Now back to the last couple in the toughie.

  4. Very enjoyable – I was stuck on 9a and needed help (as above) in order to see it. Other than that, managed to get through it although there were a few that had me guessing for a little while. I had Cardamon in my head for 10a but mercifully couldn’t make it work. Thanks to Gazza and Giovanni.

  5. I enjoyed this one but was quite slow to get going being unable to do any of the first half of the across clues on first read through. I needed the hint to explain 9a but managed the rest on my own! I had never heard of the kind of music at the end of 17d but do know the 25a shrub – they’re quite nice but impossible to grow here as they are lime haters. 11a took me ages and was the last one to go in. I liked 10, 14 and 25a and 3, 5, 6 and 16d. With thanks to Giovanni and Gazza – also liked the postcard picture!
    Quite nippy here today but sunny – far more appropriate for mid October.

  6. A very enjoyable start to Friday from Giovanni (thank you to him) which I solved quicker than some Fridays. Once again my favourites are the same as Gazza so thank you to him too.

    The Toughie is tough but brilliant.

  7. That made a good start to the weekend. Got the puzzle on line immediately, gremlins seem to be fixed. A new dawn hopefully.
    Thanks for the tips G and G.
    The Toughie might be worth a go if I can get just one clue, still trying after an hour.

  8. Sorry not my favourite Giovanni today, too many contrived clues like 10a and 8a. Just didn’t feel it was up to his usual high standard. Pity, after yesterday’s what was for me a waste of good ink, I was hoping for one as good as last Fridays. Thx to Gazza for the invaluable help which I needed badly today.

  9. Enjoyed this, as usual for a Friday. Giovanni’s surface readings are superb and he usually manages to introduce an obscure, or should I say, NEW, word for me – so with the 25a shrub today. Also confess to filling in answer to 9a without understanding why until I read the hint. I bow to his mastery.

  10. re 5d – If he’d been reviewing then Pommers would probably have found a picture of Miss Bardot with grey socks on. Thanks Gazza & to Giovanni.

  11. Took some time to get into today but once there moved along quite steadily. Probably the trickiest of the week for me which probably only shows how different we all are.
    I will be watching the GP qualifying tomorrow and the race itself on Sunday. Now that is worth getting up early for.
    Thanks to setter and Gazza for the hints. Favourite 8A.

  12. Hii Gazza, late calling in today as I’ve had my art class (beginners oils) can’t paint to save my life, had lowest grade possible in GCE as it was then, but thought I’d give it a go anyway!! Finished this before I left but had Daves help to understand why 9a was what it was!! As you say after yesterdays even a Giovanni seems easier :-)
    Great clip at the start Gazza, Here’s hoping we can really do it tomorrow, everything will be crossed in this house!

    Dewch Ymlaen Cymru!!

  13. Strangely, I didn’t have any problems with yesterday’s (thoroughly enjoyed it, just didn’t have time to comment), but I did need a couple of hints for today – couldn’t see why 9a was that, so hadn’t written it in, and was on totally the wrong train of thought for 11a. But I loved 10a – brilliant!

    Thanks G & G and have a good weekend, all. :-)

  14. Found this a lovely Friday puzzle though I had to keep coming back to it but bit by bit…… . It did help when I realised I had spelled cinnamon incorrectly. I can hardly believe that I have never noticed that it is a double n not a double m and I thought my spelling ability was excellent! Looking forward to a more restful Saturday puzzle. Thanks for the explanation of 9a.

  15. All done fairly easily apart from 11a that I failed to get. Much easier than yesterday’s. A good work-out for the brain.

  16. I thought this to be the best Giovanni puzzle for some time. 9a is worthy of a Toughie! The answer is obvious but working out where it comes from took a bit of time and then a big D’oh and a banging of the head on the table!
    Too many good ones to pick a favourite but perhaps 10a has the edge.
    Many thanks to G & G.

    BTW, the old scrotes around here wear socks with their sandals during the summer!

    What’s up with the website? It’s been working perfectly for me for 2 days now, In fact, it’s been faster than it ever was before the troubles!

    • I said the other night, and BD concurred, that because everyone is getting their puzzles from here now, the site can cope with just the few people who, sadly for them, haven’t heard of BD yet.

  17. Much more pleasant experience today than yesterday’s tricky offering. Likewise I had to read the hints to see why 9a was what it was, thoroughly enjoyed it though.

  18. Late input from me – had to take my son out for an Indonesian rijsttafel last evening : he always wants one when back in NL where he grew up!
    Faves :10a, 11a, 28a, 7d & 21d.

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